GSMA Europe-Review of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

Thursday 15 Oct 2020

Review of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme
GSMA Europe Policy Paper

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9.1 EMF
Equipment manufacturers like Ericsson and Nokia have provided demonstrations on the basis of the IEC 62232/62669 work that led to the new methodology for AAS and mMIMO. These simulations included 6min averaging before the updated ICNIRP guidelines were published and we would expect that can be easily extended to 30min per the ICNIRP’20 guidelines.

5G EMF Measurement

The GSMA believes that a European-wide measuring campaign with sufficient incentives and specific cases, designed and suggested by a European body could be a good opportunity to assuage the doubts on 5G operations. Conditional, of course, on a framework of techniques, costs and communication that is discussed and approved.
An alternative would be to take dedicated measurements in typical scenarios, focusing on massive-mimo and realistic output power levels.

Possible measurements include those based on the
following examples:
• UK – measurements are conducted annually by Ofcom with the 5G measurements being made public.
• Italy – measurements are done by Regional Environmental Agencies, where they are doing a lot of measurements close to 5G sites with some results published.

New ICNIRP Guidelines
For the first time in 20 years, ICNIRP has updated the international safety guidelines for electromagnetic field exposure (EMF) from smartphones, mobile devices and network antennas. The sweeping review of research concluded that the health risk assessment is unchanged and only small adjustments were made.
The review found no established health risks to anyone, including children, using mobile phones or living near base stations.

After a proper review by SCHEER and other EU Scientific Committees an update of the EC Recommendation on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (1999/519/EC) should be driven forward. Member States should review and align their policies along science-based limits.

Note by EMFSA: The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

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